Finally, a Use for Twitter

Celebrities don't have that much to say

May 25, 2007

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Finally, a Use for Twitter

5:30 PM -- Look, I think Twitter is stupid. I wish the geniuses behind micro-blogging all the luck in the world, but I have serious doubts about anybody who needs to document pieces of their life with a couple of sentences. Right?

But finally, I have found a use for Twitter: celebrity blogs.

Portly, redundant Houston rapper Mike Jones is readying up his sophomore album, The American Dream. It's called My 64 and is awesome, and thus the promotional brains at Warner conjured up a Flash game where you race Mike Jones and his weed carriers through an 8-bit version of suburban Houston. For some reason the game plays the first single ("Mr. Jones", and no it does not sample Counting Crows) and not the song "My 64", but whatever. Anyway, the course is littered with billboards for assorted Mike Jones-associated pages... including his Twitter site.

There's not much to see. Try: "back in H Town, resting for a couple days" and "going to Miami for BET Spring Bling baby!" But instantly I was reminded of another inane Web presence of someone whose talent I admire: Tigers outfielder Curtis Granderson. Granderson is cool and I'm kind of kicking myself for dropping him in my fantasy league, but he's not a very dynamic writer and his blog is boring. All his entires could be squashed into a quick Twitter post.

Twitter isn't for all celeb bloggers, just those with absolutely nothing of interest to say. Agent Zero, verbose-ass Curt Schilling, Rosie O'Donnell. They and many others get passes. But if you feel a need to join the Internet because you are famous, save everyone some trouble and just hit up Twitter. This also works for presidential candidates.

— A.L. Friedman, Editor at Large, Light Reading

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